Come, come to the Manger

Come, Come to the Manger

These words from the popular Christmas Carol were sung with fervour at St John's on the Feast of the Epiphany as the three Kings arrived to take their place at the Nativity Crib. Please note that the Season of Christmas is now extended from Christmas Day until Candlemas Day on the 2nd of February. This longer period was introduced a few years ago to leave more time for reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. The popular symbols of Christmas, the Crib, the Christmas Tree, the candles and flowers adorn the Church to remind us of the wonder of the Incarnation, God born among us.

CribOur Crib at St John's has a very special presence and is very popular with all ages. We especially encourage parents to bring their children to visit the crib, to light a candle and recite together the special prayer provided to foster faith. Please look closely at our new Baby Jesus, a gift this year from Bethlehem. This Bambino has the classic features of innocence, portraying the humility of the Christ Child. The Magi were filled with awe on visiting the stable of Bethlehem as their revelation of God's presence in the child was unfolded to them. As we learn to come to the manger so more and more of the revelation of God's working in our lives takes place.

So, please pass on the message, come, come to the manger until Christmas closes on Candlemas Day.